More than five million hectares have burned in what officials say is the worst fire season in Australia’s history. Tens of thousands of others have been forced to flee their homes.
By Saturday evening in Australia, 3,600 firefighters were battling blazes across the southeastern state of New South Wales.
While the Manitoba firefighters won’t be on the front lines, they could be called on to assist the incident management team in command, aviation, planning, logistics or operations roles.
A total of 5 firefighters from Manitoba have now been deployed to 2 Australian states.
Firefighter Geoffrey Smith said Manitoba has often had help from other countries to battle fires within the province, so it feels good for him to be able to return the favour when it’s needed.
“We’re pretty darn proud to be representing Manitoba and Canada over there,” he said.
“The way the wildfire service works right across Canada is we often rely on our neighbours to help out. Manitoba has seen crews come in from right across Canada and the United States, and the Australians and Mexicans have been in Canada fighting fire before.”
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